Changes to Health Forward’s applicant defined grants

In this time of growing uncertainty, Health Forward Foundation remains committed to supporting our nonprofit partners, as well as the people and communities hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19.

In addition to the adjustments made to active grants on March 23, Health Forward is announcing changes to our applicant defined grant process for the remainder of 2020. These changes are being made to support current and future health and economic needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shifting priorities. Understanding that our applicant defined grant budget is limited, and we are trying to be responsive to an overwhelming number of requests, we will prioritize requests from organizations that provide essential services including:

  • Access to safety net clinical services (mental health, physical health, etc.)
  • Food assistance
  • Medication assistance

Reduced award amounts. In order to equitably fund a range of organizations, Health Forward anticipates most awards will be $50,000 or less.

Eligibility to re-apply. Any organization who was declined for an applicant defined grant between January 2020 – April 2020 may re-apply in 2020.

Reduced application burden. Applicant defined grant applications for the remainder of 2020 will be submitted through an abbreviated narrative template.

We are living through an unprecedented time and we want to be as helpful as we can. We understand your organization is facing challenges brought on not only by the coronavirus but also by the current economic turmoil. We will continue to monitor and respond to new information about the COVID-19 pandemic and will share updates as we adjust our plans.

Thank you for the incredible work you do every day to serve those most in need. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions about how we can be most useful during this difficult time.